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7 Things You Need To Know About High-Risk Pregnancy

Experts estimate that as many as 10% of all pregnancies are high-risk, but you may be wondering exactly what “high risk” means. There are several different things that could cause your pregnancy to be classified as high-risk, such as:

Many of the factors that make a pregnancy high risk are outside of your control. You can do some things before and during your pregnancy, though, to improve the likelihood of a positive outcome for you and your baby.

1. Get existing health issues under control.

For example, if you’re diabetic, you want to have your blood sugar under control before you become pregnant. Pregnancy puts stress on your body in many ways, so you want to be as healthy as you can be before adding the extra stress of pregnancy.

2. Seek appropriate support.

Talk to your health care provider about your concerns before you become pregnant, particularly if you have a condition that will make any pregnancy high-risk. All of the providers at Suncoast Women’s Care have expertise in high-risk pregnancy and are happy to answer your questions.

3. Control what you can.

Though you can’t simply stop having diabetes or heart disease, you can take certain steps, such as not smoking. If you’re trying to become pregnant, it’s a good idea to stop drinking alcohol.

4. Have the appropriate tests.

As you get older, the chance that your baby will have a chromosomal abnormality increases, but there are genetic issues and birth defects that can affect any baby, regardless of the mother’s age or health. If your health care provider recommends certain tests, you should consider having them.

5. Work to prevent repeat problems.

If you’ve had preeclampsia during a previous pregnancy, your risk of developing it again is greater. You may, however, be able to take aspirin to prevent it. This is another reason it’s important to communicate with your health care provider if you have a high-risk pregnancy.

6. Pay extra attention to prenatal care.

A high-risk pregnancy makes it even more important that you attend your prenatal appointments and take any vitamins and supplements your health care provider recommends. You may need more visits than average, or you may need to take specific supplements or medications that others don’t need.

7. Be flexible about your birth plan.

Generally speaking, you shouldn’t plan on a home birth if you have a high-risk pregnancy. You should also keep in mind that you may have complications during delivery that necessitate a Cesarean section or other change in plan.

The goal is for you to safely deliver a healthy baby, and at Suncoast Women’s Care, we are dedicated to that goal. If you have questions about becoming pregnant when you have a health condition or have other reason to believe you’ll have a high-risk pregnancy, book an appointment online, or give us a call. We’re happy to answer your questions.

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